Monday, 15 September 2014
Review: Darcy Burdock - Sorry About Me by Laura Dockrill
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 31st, 2014
Ten-year-old Darcy sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her. This third book sees Darcy encounter extra-large-amounts of drama - mice have invaded her house, which means the family must get a cat. Cue a mega-meltdown in a pet shop and then the arrival of Pork, an angry dumpling of a cat who terrifies Lamb-Beth. And while chaos rules at home, Will's long-lost dad has turned-up and taken him out of school. Who will Darcy be friends with now? Must she hang-out with school secretary Mavis EVERY DAY FOR ALL ETERNITY?
The Darcy Burdock series is one of my absolute favourites for younger readers. It's clever, funny and so very charming. I laughed my way through Sorry About Me, revelling in Darcy's kookiness and her ability to see the world the way she does. Surely she's now a literary icon for the 9+ age range?!
In Sorry About Me, Darcy writes more (excellent) stories, deals with the possibility of her best friend leaving, befriends Mavis the school secretary and begrudgingly comes to like the family's new pet cat, Pork. Like Darcy herself says, she can never just have a normal weekend at home!
For me, the best parts of Sorry About Me are Pork the giant grumpy cat and Darcy's family drawn as ducklings. I heartily laughed at both. Laura Dockrill does a great job all round - with the story as well as accompanying illustrations - and these books deserve all the attention they're getting.
Darcy is a character to love, as is her whole crazy family. The Burdock's are just so enjoyable to read about, whether they're catching mice or having a shouty rant at a horrid pet shop owner. Whatever they do, they always do it with style, and that's what makes them memorable. Sorry About Me is another genius addition to the Darcy Burdock series and I can't wait for more. I say that at the end of every book, but it's true: they're *that* good!